Showing posts from July, 2015

Zomato, Ziferblat and Zebra Cake

Last night, I was invited to my first #ZomatoMeetup which was at Ziferblat.

Never heard of Ziferblat before? Well I hadn't either. It's basically one large living room, with a small kitchen, piano, tables, chairs and a view overlooking Kingsland Road. 
There's a small fee of 5p/per min but if you spend 4 hours there, you can get one free with their loyalty card :)

Here's how it works:
You buzz to get in, then write your name on the sheet with the time you came in. You can chill or be productive and do some work, as well as helping yourself to as much tea, coffee and biscuits as you like. Then when you're ready to leave, you pay at the desk.

For us bloggers it was a feast, also known as Potluck. We each made a dish (savoury or sweet) and placed it one of the several tables joined together. I wanted to make something with frosting but I knew it wouldn't have withstood the rush hour commute, so a zebra cake it was. 
There was white russian cupcakes by Annie, Vietnamese …

OKA Sushi

For those who follow me on Make-Bake-Travel's Facebook page or Twitter, will know that I love this place. I've been back twice for lunch and always wish I'd ordered more.

Here's my review of when I went for dinner :) 
I'd heard so many good things about this restaurant that when my boyfriend came to surprise me at my office with a big bouquet of flowers for our anniversary, I thought it'd be a nice place to celebrate. 

Although only being 15mins away from the branch in Primrose Hill, I knew it can be busy so decided to phone and ask if there were any tables available. To my luck, we were able to get a table right away as long as we gave it back 2 hours later :)
We were greeted by friendly staff who showed us to our table and even one for my flowers :)
For starters, I chose the Salmon and Avocado Hosomaki - 8 small pieces but contained a thick piece of fresh salmon wrapped up with rice and seaweed and a piece of avocado. 

I also ordered the Spider Roll - soft shell cr…

Picture Restaurant

To celebrate my boyfriend's excellent results and graduating, a table for four was booked at Picture, a restaurant not too far from Great Portland Street station. Having seen good reviews online and by word of mouth, we decided to opt for the six course tasting menu :)
Menu: Gazpacho in a double shot glass Grilled tender stem broccoli, roasted peppers and chickpeas Pork cheek served with watermelon, BBQ sauce and pickled carrot Sea bream fillet, courgette, fennel, cavolo nero 28 day aged beef with white onion, beetroot and greens / free range chicken, portobello mushroom, roast carrot and white beans Chocolate mousse with strawberries and oatmeal biscuit 
We also ordered some bread, which was small but crispy and warm and served with a generous amount of butter. Since we booked with, a cocktail was included with our six course menu. We all went for a mocktail instead - a watermelon lemonade which was delicious. The food was great - especially the beef/chicken dish! The mushr…

Graduation Toy

It's been 2 years since I've sewn - as in properly sewn, so was a little anxious as to how this toy would turn out... especially as it was a surprise gift for my boyfriend of my boyfriend!

Using nothing but a quick hand-drawn sketch, I was able to make him. I spent most of the weekend working on it as everything was hand sewn. I even went on to his uni website to find out what his colour colours were. I hope I got them right! :D

Here's the finished piece :)

Here's a few snapshots on the actual day :) 

Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake Recipe

With the temperature rising, sometimes there's nothing better than a cold, chocolate milkshake. For those with allergies or just looking to try something new - why not try this very quick and easy vegan chocolate peanut butter milkshake :) 

Ingredients: 250ml almond/oat/soya milk 50g of dark chocolate (broken roughly) 1 tablespoon of peanut butter 1 big scoop of dairy-free vanilla ice cream (and one to serve on top if you're feeling extra greedy)
Add all the ingredients into the food processor and blitz it all up. Then pour into your favourite cup (add the extra scoop of ice cream on top) and enjoy :)

Sketch, Aqua Kyoto and Dirty Martini

To celebrate my sister getting married the girls and I organised a food-filled day out in London for her hen do :)

Sketch First stop - afternoon tea at this unique restaurant located near Oxford Circus station. I've been wanting to go to this place for years so couldn't wait to try everything! 
We all choose the Disney themed afternoon tea - Into The Woods. For £39 per person, you get a selection of freshly made sandwiches (smoked salmon and Jacob's cream, cucumber and ricotta, Prince pesto panini and mozzarella, egg and mayonnaise with caviar and quail egg), plain and sultana scones, a colourful selection of cakes (cheesecake, macaroons, sponge cake, meringue and marshmallows) and a choice of unlimited tea. If you have any allergies, you will need to mention before ordering or booking a table.
I thought that the option to order more sandwiches at no extra cost was really good value for money. And if your eyes are bigger than your stomach you can always ask them to box it up fo…